Model of mobile agents for sexual interactions networks

  • M. C. GonzálezEmail author
  • P. G. Lind
  • H. J. Herrmann
Interdisciplinary Physics


We present a novel model to simulate real social networks of complex interactions, based in a system of colliding particles (agents). The network is build by keeping track of the collisions and evolves in time with correlations which emerge due to the mobility of the agents. Therefore, statistical features are a consequence only of local collisions among its individual agents. Agent dynamics is realized by an event-driven algorithm of collisions where energy is gained as opposed to physical systems which have dissipation. The model reproduces empirical data from networks of sexual interactions, not previously obtained with other approaches.


89.65.-s Social and economic systems 89.75.Fb Structures and organization in complex systems 89.75.Hc Networks and genealogical trees 89.75.Da Systems obeying scaling laws 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Computational Physics, Universität StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Centro de Física Teórica e Computacional, Av. Prof. Gama Pinto 2LisbonPortugal
  3. 3.Departamento de FísicaUniversidade Federal do CearáFortalezaBrazil

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